The inaugural Featured Faculty Series was held Monday morning at the Memorial Student Center. Drs. Victor Willson, Cynthia Boettcher, and Susan Bloomfield each spoke to a room of their colleagues about their distinctive careers in higher education.
The event began with Dr. Joyce Alexander, Dean of the College of Education and Human Development, addressing the guest speakers and highlighting the significance of their work.
“This is a great opportunity for us to say thank you and acknowledge the impact that these three have had,” Dr. Alexander said. “They’ve all been here a very long time and I think they also have a strong history with Texas A&M and the College of Education and Human Development.”
During their speeches, each professor talked about their upbringing, educational background, and the choices that led them to academia.
“One of the great things about academia is that you get to keep stepping outside of your comfort zone,” said Dr. Bloomfield. “You also get to keep asking questions.”
The professors also talked about the legacy they hope to leave behind.
“The best part of my job as a clinical faculty member has been with undergraduate students,” Dr. Boettcher said. “It has always been about my students. I love to teach and I love my students.”